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Asthma Clinic

Asthma clinics are run by Sister Becky Wych and Nurse Liz Holmes.

We are always happy to review anyone with asthma every year and more frequently if your asthma is not well controlled. If you have any of the following then please consider coming to our clinic, as your asthma treatment may need reviewing:

    • Cough at night.
    • Shortness of breath at work/school or when exercising.
    • Persistent Cough, wheeze, tightness, or shortness of breath during the day.

If you need to use your Salbutamol (blue) inhaler more than 3 or 4 times a day it may imply your asthma is poorly controlled.

If you need further advice or information then please feel free to book an appointment at the clinic.

For further information on asthma please visit the Asthma UK website.

Child Health Clinics and Appointments

Bringing up children is a demanding challenge. The Health Visitors advise on:

    • Everyday difficulties such as teething, sleeping and feeding
    • Parenting, sleep and behaviour management
    • Any special requirements your child may have e.g. eczema, starting school

Wednesdays – Child feeding Hub . St Martins Children’s centre,150 Frome Road,  Odd Down,  Bath,  BA2 5RE 13:00 – 14:30.

Contraceptive Services

The practice offers a full range of contraceptive services. We don’t hold a special clinic but you can discuss your needs with any of the doctors. 

Our nurses are able to perform routine pill checks and depo contraceptive injections but cannot initiate prescriptions for either of these if you aren't already using these methods. 

Dr Kate Jenkins is our contraceptive lead for the practice and is able to fit implants and contraceptive coils including the Mirena system. If you are particularly interested in either of these methods then please arrange a telephone consultation with Dr Jenkins to discuss this.

Diabetic Clinic

The Diabetic Clinic at the surgery is run by Sister Becky Wych and Nurse Debbie Heywood. If you are diabetic you will be due an annual review in the month of your birthday, you should phone the surgery in that month to arrange a suitable date and not wait for an invitation. We ask you first make an appointment with the phlebotomist to have a non-fasting blood test and weight taken. Please bring an early morning urine sample to your appointment and any home blood pressure readings you are able to provide as these are a more accurate reflective of your blood pressure than a single reading at the surgery. Secondly a follow up appointment 1-2 weeks later to discuss your results and care with one of the diabetes team. 

It is important to have up to date checks carried out to ensure that we can discuss the results and any changes that may be required to your care. 

For further information please visit:

Diabetes Leaflets:

Click here to download a copy of a 'Diabetes monitoring sheet'

Click here to download a copy of 'Travelling with diabetes'

Click here to download a copy of 'Information for people with Diabetes'

Maternity Care

All the doctors share maternity care with our midwives. They are part of the South Team Community Midwives, based at the Princess Anne Wing, and visit the surgery regularly. You can leave a message for the midwives on 01225 825973.

If you are thinking about becoming pregnant there are some important things you need to know beforehand; an information leaflet regarding this is available to download.

Click here to open a copy of our leaflet 'Thinking of Pregnancy?'

The Midwives will look after you in your pregnancy from approximately 8 weeks when you first meet to have your 'booking' appointment at home.

Generally pregnant women see the Midwife about once a month until later on in the pregnancy when the appointments become more frequent. (This depends on individual need.)

For some women the South Team can offer a home birth and 'team birth' care for labour - you can speak to us about this at your Booking.

All women receive post-natal visits from their Community Midwife once they are home with their baby, helping with breastfeeding, baby care and support. These visits last until around 10 days after birth, when care is handed over to your Health Visitor.

Along with monitoring your health and wellbeing in the pregnancy, the team can advise you on tests in pregnancy, classes, diet, exercise and preparation for labour and parenthood.

If you are already pregnant please see a doctor as soon as you know in order to plan your care, Catherine and Laura look forward to meeting you.

For further information about pregnancy and childbirth please visit the The National Childbirth Trust website.

Minor Surgery

We are able to perform a number of minor skin operations if they are medically indicated. Please make an appointment with a doctor if you wish to discuss this.

In line with national guidance we are normally unable to provide treatment for 'cosmetic' conditions such as Verrucas & Warts, Skin Tags and Moles (unless they have changed recently). If you are worried about a skin lesion then please see your Doctor for advice.

Please click here to download an advice leaflet on treating your warts and verrucas

Cardiovascular Clinic

This is a clinic that runs regularly at Combe Down Surgery for looking after people who have ever had a heart attack or who have angina. It is also for those who have had a stroke, suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol or other conditions that may increase the risk of heart disease. 

It is run by Nurse Debbie Heywood our cardiovascular nurse.

Click here for more details about the clinic

Click here for our own "Looking after your heart" leaflet

Click here for more information on heart disease from the British Heart Foundation

Smoking Cessation

We currently do not offer a stop smoking service at the surgery. Please contact your local pharmacy for stop smoking advise.

The following websites can give you additional information and support

www.nhs.uk/smokefree 
www.lunguk.org 
www.quit.org.uk 
www.ash.org.uk

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